JFK PT-109 Video Festival

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It’s nearly 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and it’s been nearly non-stop documentaries on JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald. I was in half-day kindergarten and must have been home when Kennedy got shot because all I remember was watching the casket in a parade for the funeral. My mom took us to see the Warner Brothers PT-109 film when it came out some months before the assassination, and I remembered it vividly for the scene where the ship cut through the boat before the days of computer graphics. Growing up in the 1960s , it was hard not to admire JFK and MLK as heros, even though I grew up to be a pretty strong conservative. In the 80s, I visited Dealy plaza when the SIGGRAPH computer graphics convention was in Dalls.

Surviving Islander who saved Kennedy

Surviving Islander who saved Kennedy

In the 2000s, my boy had a junior high project which was an inspiration for digging up details on that PT boat, and the two forgotten islanders Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana who never really got much credit and never did get to visit the president in DC for saving him in their dugout canoe as agents for the allies. Biuku Gasa passed away and Eroni Kumana is too weak to travel, but it is a shame that Kennedy promised that he would invite them when he got to be president, but the Solomon Island hijacked their tickets and Kennedy was surprised that the islanders he met weren’t the ones that saved him. One Kennedy did go back to visit, but they never got to travel to the United States.

Here are some of the videos that I made, a couple of which went mildly viral

Jimmy Dean’s Hit Song “PT-109″

PT-109 and Dallas Saga With Peeps

Sulu Rams JFK’s PT-109
From the Warner Brothers Movie

JFK Picks An Island Hideway

Solomon Islanders Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana Tell How They Saved JFK


Variety on PT 109 movie

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MIT electrical engineering computer science graduate has written conservative columns on politics, race / culture, science and education since the 70s in MIT The Tech and various publications in including New Republic and National Review.